Tag Archive: Lux et Securitas

  1. YPD introduces new SMS tip system

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    Yale Police Department Chief Ronnell Higgins tweeted Wednesday to introduce YaleTip, a new anonymous mobile text tipoff system.

    The new service — available by texting yaletip and a message to the YPD to 67283 — processes messages through a third-party, thereby protecting the identity of tipsters, YPD Assistant Chief Steven Woznyk explained in a Wednesday email to the News. With the new system, open to all members of the Yale and New Haven community, the YPD hopes to get more information to assist in its investigations of dangerous or criminal activity.

    “These types of technological advances assist law enforcement agencies as well as make it easier for community members to provide information to police that may assist in various investigations,” Woznyk said. “Like Bulldog Mobile, we wanted to keep up with various technological advances to better serve the community.”

    If the YPD requires more information, all correspondence is routed through the third-party vendor to protect informants’ identities.

  2. Late-night fire alarm rocks Davenport

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    Students in Davenport College were awoken minutes before 3 a.m. by the less-than-dulcet announcement that a fire emergency had been declared in the building.

    Davenporters in three entryways, and those in the college’s common room and library, streamed into the college’s courtyard in various states of undress and irritation. While the initial general consensus was that the incident was another example of poorly timed Yale fire drills, questions arose once a number of Yale Police and Yale Fire Department officials entered the college and proceeded to go to a hallway below the master’s office, where several professors and the college’s writing tutor occupy offices.

    One official interviewed said it was unclear whether there was a real fire. Other firefighters checked various alarms and looked visibly confused.

    After about 10 minutes, the alarm subsided and students returned to their beds and/or books. Cross Campus bets more than a few of the Dporters are going to have nightmares about their beloved gnome going up in flames before their very eyes.

  3. Sophomore proposes new gate near Toad’s

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    After 80 to 90 Quinnipiac University students were cited for public urination last fall, a Morse sophomore has proposed a new security gate between Toad’s Place and Mory’s to keep hooligans out.

    In a Saturday morning email to Morse and Stiles students, Alex Fisher ’14 put forward a proposal he said he submitted to the Yale College Council’s 10K Initiative that would allow for the installation of a swipecard-access gate on the path that leads from York Street to Morse and Stiles. The gate would be placed “near the rear boundary” of Toad’s, and would be activated between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

    “Students living in Morse and Stiles will be able to return to their colleges in a safer environment, and students living in other colleges will be able to visit friends in Morse and Stiles without having to navigate an unruly, drunken and aggressive crowd when they try to return home,” he wrote in his proposal to the YCC. “In short, this scheme would benefit any Yale student who values civility and personal safety.”

    The YCC’s 10K Initiative allots $10,000 of the student council’s budget to student plans to improve life on campus. Fisher said his plan could be implemented immediately with the cooperation of Yale Security and the Yale Police Department, and would likely cost about the same as other swipecard-access gates.

    Members of the 10K Initiative Exploratory Committee, comprised of YCC members and other students, will select five ideas from all those proposed and present them to the student body for a vote.